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Swansea Bay loses City of Culture bid

Swansea Bay has lost out to Hull in its bid to become the UK City of Culture 2017. Dundee and Leicester, were also in the running for the prestigious title.

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Swansea will go from strength to strength says Shadow Welsh Secretary

Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith says that Swansea 'remains one of our great cultural centres' despite not being chosen as City of Culture.

The disappointing news that Swansea narrowly missed out on the City of Culture award does nothing to diminish the fact that the City remains one of our great cultural centres in Wales and beyond.

The brilliant bid put forward by the City will have served to remind people of that fact right across the World and I am sure that it will have played a part in increasing visitor numbers, especially next year, during the centenary celebrations for the City’s greatest literary son, Dylan Thomas.

His ugly, lovely town, crawling, sprawling by the side of a long and splendid curving shore will go from strength to strength, of that there is no doubt.

– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary

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